Continues weekly through August 17 at The Annoyance, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. 9:30pm. $5. More info here.
The school I went to didn’t really have much Greek life at all, but I can still acknowledge that fraternities and sororities provide rich material for comedy. A group of women at The Annoyance agree, and they’ve made this show to prove it. Blood Pact centers around a handful of sorority sisters who agree to regularly meet back up after school, but only during their time of the month. They describe the show as “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets Sex and the City meets Requiem for a Dream,” which is a combo I can’t quite imagine but trust exists somehow. Trust me, periods are so weird and complicated and interesting and crisis-inducing that there will certainly be a LOT to joke about.
THURSDAYBlack Iris Project
At New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, Chelsea. 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $40. More info here.
Misty Copeland has made headlines for her achievements as an African-American ballerina, due to her talent and grace but also to the fact that ballet is a world largely dominated by rail-thin white women. But she certainly isn’t the only one making waves: this show, running for two nights at New York Live Arts, is a product of the Black Iris Project. They are a “ballet collaborative and education vehicle” largely creating new works of ballet, rather than rehashing the masters as so many are wont to do. This show features three new ballet works rooted in black history, performed by a cast of acclaimed predominantly-black dancers.
At Maria Hernandez Park, Bushwick. 8pm. Free.
Composer Dave Malloy, who’s experimental electropop opera War and Peace adaptation Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 is headed to Broadway in the Fall (and is also one of the most exciting musicals I’ve ever seen), will join his cast of collaborators to perform his immersive song cycle Ghost Quartet for free in Maria Hernandez Park. Ghost Quartet, which previously ran at the Bushwick Starr, is a spooky and whiskey-soaked (though the audience won’t be plied with whiskey this time, as per park rules) concert-play that touches on stories from Poe, folktales, sisterly bonds, and spirits. The outdoor performance will begin as it starts to become dark out, creating an atmospheric and eerie vibe that will surely only get more spooky as the night goes on.
WEEKENDRite of Summer
Saturday and Sunday at The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway, Bushwick. Various times. More info here.
This music and arts fest presented by Blue Pear Projects is a small but truly mighty weekend, stuffed full of music, performance art, movement, and visual art of all shapes and sizes. It’s thematically broken up into days: Saturday is a “descent into light” and Sunday leads into a “rebirth and embrace of dark and light.” The music lineup includes M Lamar and subway cello performer Meaner Pencil, the visual art front has Jane Cogger and Josh Kil, Lorelei Ramirez, and also a spread of local performance artists, who will be exploring butoh, ritual, sexuality, and more.